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GUIDING LIGHT

Our group paused at the high point of the ride. Huge wind turbines sprouted from the heather like giant white tulips. A bitter autumnal wind pushed and tore at rain clouds, granting us rays of golden light from the low sun then closing the curtains as an icy squall raced through. Despite the very obvious human impact on the landscape, it felt as though we were in the middle of nowhere; we hadn’t seen a single person since leaving the marked trails of Glentress an hour or so ago. We discovered a seemingly endless network of pristine forest roads, perfect for gravel exploration, granting views to Edinburgh in the north and linking into drovers’ roads that existed long before the commercial planting now below us.

I was in the Tweed Valley for a few days, invited by the newly established, and ‘does what it says on the tin’ monikered Tweed Valley Guides to be shown the best of what the area has to offer – whether that be big days on a mountain or gravel bike, or hitting some of the best enduro-style trails in the country.

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Editorial: Echo Chambers International Adventure: Folgefonna Sunrise UK Riding: Guiding Light Column: Jason Miles International Adventure: You Should Never Go Back… Or Should You? Interview: Chris Akrigg Column: Finding The Lines Classic Ride: Cornish Classic Column: Ode To Climbs Bike Test: Staff Rides Interview: Cedric Gracia International Adventure: What’s Zermatt’er With You? Column: One Last Run International Adventure: The Frigid Secrets Of Ukraine Last Word: Game Plan

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